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Yuzuru Hanyu wins the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, completing Super Slam

Competing in the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul, Korea from February 4 to 9, Yuzuru Hanyu (Waseda University School of Human Sciences internet degree program, ANA), has won his first Four Continents gold.

 

Results

Short program: 111.82

Free program: 187.60

Total: 299.42

Yuzuru Hanyu in his free skating program, in which he won gold for the first time – Seoul (Kyodo News)

With these results, Hanyu now has won six crowns to complete a Super Slam. In other words, he has now won both the World Junior Championships and the Junior Grand Prix Final and the Olympics, World Championship, Grand Prix Final, and the Four Continents Championships* (or the European Championships). Yuzuru Hanyu is the first male figure skater ever to complete the Super Slam.

Yuzuru Hanyu poses with his gold medal (Kyodo News)

Hanyu has been skating on the world stage since his junior days, but last December he missed out, placing second in both the Grand Prix Final and the Japanese championships. Despite these setbacks, he continued to develop his skill and polish his performance with an inexhaustible and tenacious spirit, which resulted in this victory.

 

Let’s continue to cheer for Yuzuru as he reaches toward ever greater heights.

 

*Four Continents Championships: a world figure skating tournament open to qualifying skaters from Asia, Oceania, Africa and the Americas.

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